Go VEGA – For the Maharaja Thali – by Aman Fatehpuria

As an absolute foodie by nature, and a pure vegetarian to top that, being impressed by good desi food is a real challenge. Being on a student budget, five stars were out of question. Highly recommended by a friend, I went to VEGA restaurant in Connaught place, ALKA HOTEL. I entered a small hotel, and was led to a lovely restaurant, the walls of which were adorned with quaint antiques , which upon inquiring I was told , some of it belonged to the colonial era , bought from the owners haveli (ancestral house) in Rajasthan. 
Went with some friends, who ordered a aloo masala and tandoori paneer for starters… ok the aloo masala is dynamite and scrumptious. Spicy and chatpata…..oh how could I miss it all this while? The paneer was super soft and perfectly cooked in the tandoor.
Well I started by ordering the royal maharaja thali because it said unlimited refills… that sounded just right!!! It was served in courses, started by the jal jeera which was so tangy n cold, I actually wanted to gol gappas to go with it. This followed by the tomato rasam, which was also very good. 
Then came the big fat thali….. which was a feast man!!! There were 3 vegetables, dal, dahi papri, fruit chaat and a lovely paneer cutlet accompanied gulam jamun too. I didn’t know where to start, so I attacked the paneer cutlet was just pure paneer, soft and vanished in the mouth. The thali had an assortment of roti (breads) the kind I have never eaten before- methi roti, adrak roti (must try) hari mirch roti (must try) , stuffed roti !!! The kadai paneer, palak kofta, and the dal were fantastic. There was a green vegetable also but I am not the green types, if you know what I mean. Then they started getting pooris, I thought I must try one at least, and I was not disappointed with their “bedmi poori”. Then came the peas pulao, which I just could not eat because I had to keep place for the melt in the mouth gulam jamun, which I am told the chef prepares fresh every day. It was divine n just right. Right when I thought I can’t put another morsel in my mouth, and was beaming over my food…. they got me a Kulfi in a beautiful traditional earthen pot with a wooden spoon to go with it. I told the manager I just can’t eat this now, and he assured me that the kulfi just finds its way into the stomach and I need not worry about it. What I should worry about is, where will I sleep after this wholesome meal, he joked, adding that they even have rooms in the hotel in case!!! 
All in all a wholesome, vegetarian experience, which was a definite value for money, and resulted in a deeply satisfied belly.
P.S-all the jains, gujratis and baniya community out there, this restaurant is a must visit because the whole menu is without onion and garlic, rest of you guys , trust me would not even realize that !!!!
Written by Aman Fatehpuria

Author: Shashank

CFE – Cheap Food Enthusiast Entrepreneur by birth, hippie by heart he is here just because he loves to eat. This adventurous biker is constantly looking for new avenues to satisfy his insatiable hunger for food & life. Though he loves sugar dense food, there is nothing sugar coated about him- brutally honest with his words, he often ruffles feathers with his stark naked opinions about food, fancy restaurants & orthodox ideas.

3 thoughts on “Go VEGA – For the Maharaja Thali – by Aman Fatehpuria”

  1. I recently took my parents there on the occasion of my mom's birthday. Inspite of the old school charm there is something good about this place which attracts the people. Yes it is still around and rocking.

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